I love his face. LOOK AT THIS GRUMPY FACE.
Vonnegut is best known for Slaughterhouse Five. BUT he wrote for over fifty years and published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. That’s pretty freaking amazing.
Here are fourteen of my favorite quotes from him/his work:
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”
“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”
“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-“God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”
“How nice — to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.”
“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.”
“1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”
“One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.”
“Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.”
“A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.”
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
LOOK AT HIM